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1 AP UNITED STATES HISTORY SUMMER ASSIGNMENT Students enrolled in AP United States History need to complete summer reading to be successful in the course when it begins in the fall. The reading, writing, and analytical demands placed on the students in this course are substantial. We will move through content quickly during the school year, therefore it is crucial that you are properly prepared before that class begins. Students will be expected to have a foundational knowledge of the American Colonies before the class begins in the fall. This course will challenge and enrich your curiosity of our wonderful country. Congratulations on your wonderful choice of enrolling in Advanced Placement United States History. I. PART ONE Students must utilize the online classrooms of either Mrs. Hamilton or Mr. Walsh and have fully read the American Pageant (13 th Edition) Chapters 1 4 before the first day of school. The following questions over that reading will be submitted before or on the first day of class. There will be a test on the second or third day of class. Students should be familiar with the following information from the Summer Reading assignment. Chapter One: 1. Describe the geological and geographical conditions that set the stage for North American history. 2. Describe the origin and development of the major Indian cultures of the Americas. 3. Explain the developments in Europe and Africa that led to Columbus s voyage to America. 4. Explain the changes and conflicts that occurred when the diverse worlds and peoples of Europe, Africa, and the Americas collided after Describe the Spanish conquest of Mexico and South America, and of the later Spanish colonial expansion into North America. 6. Describe the major features of Spain s New World Empire, including relations with the native Indian populations. Chapter Two: 7. Explain why England was slow to enter the colonization race and what factors finally led it to launch colonies in the early seventeenth century. 8. Describe the development of the Jamestown colony from its disastrous beginnings to its later prosperity. 9. Describe the cultural and social interaction and exchange between English settlers and Indians in Virginia and the effects of the Virginians policy of warfare and forced removal on Indians and whites. 10. Compare the tobacco-based economic development of Virginia and Maryland with South Carolina s reliance on large-plantation rice growing and African slavery based on West Indian models. 11. Identify the major similarities and differences among the southern colonies of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Chapter Three: 12. Describe the Puritans and their beliefs, and explain why they left England for the New World. 13. Explain how the Puritans theology shaped the government and society of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 14. Explain how Massachusetts Bay s conflict with religious dissenters, as well as new economic opportunities, led to the expansion of New England into Rhode Island, Connecticut, and elsewhere. 15. Describe the conflict between colonists and Indians in New England and the effects of King Philip s War. 16. Summarize early New England attempts at intercolonial unity and the consequences of England s Glorious Revolution in America. 17. Describe the founding of New York and Pennsylvania, and explain why these two settlements as well as the other middle colonies became so ethnically, religiously, and politically diverse. 18. Describe the central features of the middle colonies, and explain how they differed from New England and the southern colonies.

2 Chapter Four: 19. Describe the basic economy, demographics, and social structure and life of the seventeenth-century colonies. 20. Compare and contrast the different forms of society and ways of life of the southern colonies and New England. 21. Explain how the practice of indentured servitude failed to solve the colonial labor problem and why colonists then turned to African slavery. 22. Describe the character of slavery in the early English colonies and explain how a distinctive African American identity and culture emerged from the mingling of numerous African ethnic groups. 23. Summarize the unique New England way of life centered on family, town, and church, and describe the problems that afflicted this comfortable social order in the late seventeenth century. 24. Describe family life and the roles of women in both the southern and New England colonies, and indicate how these changed over the course of the seventeenth century. II. PART TWO Students will need to turn in the following two documents along with your Part One reading questions before or on the first day of school: first, a completed colonial map, and second, the Colonial America content frame. Students should use their online resources to complete both activities. The map should be labeled with the following information: 1. Identification of the different geographic regions of Colonial North America (New England, Middle Colonies, Chesapeake, and Southern Colonies) 2. Identification of the major geographic entities in North America (e.g., major rivers, mountain ranges, etc.) 3. Identification of the thirteen original English colonies 4. Identification of major immigrant groups and where they settled within North America 5. Identification of distinct economic identities / activities of the different geographic regions

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